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Way back in January, one or two of you expressed some, er, mild, disappointment that I didn't allocate enough space to Chicago defensive end Richard Dent's failure to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Especially after noting the somewhat surprising snub of former Minnesota receiver Cris Carter.)
Dent has been a finalist five times. So on the weekend of the 2009 enshrinement, I invite you to argue why Dent should be in the Hall. (Or if he shouldn't.) Put your sentiments in the comment section below. I'll cull the most reasonable and civil arguments and post them in the near future.
If you're interested in what Dent himself thinks, check out this piece from Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. Dent believes his résumé compares favorably to that of former Kansas City linebacker Derrick Thomas, who will be enshrined this weekend.
Here is the gist of Dent's sentiment:
"[Thomas], he was a good ballplayer. Don't get me wrong. But understand that when I was stripping balls and doing things, there was only one other player that was doing that around the same time, and that was Lawrence Taylor."
For your convenience, here is the most exhaustive compilation of Dent's career statistics and milestones from pro-football-reference.com.